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Paintings from University College Art Collection on Display at Exhibition in Germany

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Two paintings from the University College Collection are on display at the SCHIRN in Frankfurt, Germany, as part of an exhibition entitled Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting 1910 - 1940.

Guests view Ontario Hill Town painting
Ontario Hill Town by Lawren Harris on display at the Magnetic North exhibition at the SCHIRN in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst.

The paintings, Ontario Hill Town and Evening Silhouette Georgian Bay, by Group of Seven artists Lawren Harris and Arthur Lismer respectively, are on loan from the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, which houses the University College Collection. The paintings were gifted to University College in 1947-48 by H.S. Southam in memory of Gordon H. Southam (BA 1907 UC).

The SCHIRN is one of the most important exhibition venues in Europe. Magnetic North presents Canadian modernist painting and works by artists around the Group of Seven. As a counter-narrative, the show includes Indige­nous perspec­tives and addresses issues surrounding the forma­tion of national iden­ti­ties.

The oldest art collection on the University of Toronto campus, the University College Collection comprises works by Canadian artists, including members of the Group of Seven painters as well as Inuit artists Kenoujak Ashevak and Jessie Oonark.